American Repertory Theater and Harvard University

American Repertory Theater and Harvard University

American Repertory Theater and Harvard University

American Repertory Theater and Harvard University. Central to the A.R.T.’s education initiatives is the Theater’s relationship with Harvard University.  Last year, Harvard’s Task Force on the Arts made a clear case for the importance of the arts in the intellectual life of the University.  In President Drew Faust’s own words: “Especially in difficult times, when ways of thinking and doing that we have taken for granted are challenged on a daily and weekly basis, we must encourage our students to ask fundamental questions and to solve problems in the inventive and collaborative ways exemplified by the making of art.  Art produces experiences and objects that are carefully constructed and intricate reflections of the world.  Empathy, imagination, and creativity are forms of knowledge that a university must foster in its students…Now is the time to embrace, not retreat from the arts.” As a world-renowned professional theater, the A.R.T. is committed to playing a central role in the cognitive life of the University.  Through dynamic collaborations with professors, student organizations, and cultural institutions around Harvard, the A.R.T. welcomes students and teachers to observe and participate in the creation of its work. The A.R.T. devotes a significant amount of support and resources to Harvard undergraduates.  Currently, A.R.T. artists and administrators, including the artistic and executive directors, teach courses each year in the College in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, design, and dramatic literature; advise a number of undergraduate special concentrators in Dramatic Arts; and give guest lectures for undergraduate courses in other departments. As well offering theater courses, the A.R.T. also provides support and advising for Harvard-Radcliffe Drama Club (H.R.D.C.) productions.  A.R.T. staff members provide mentorship and advice for productions in the Loeb and beyond, as well as host training workshops in all areas of performance and production.  Students also have the opportunity to participate in formal observerships of mainstage productions, internships in administrative offices, and employment through Federal Work Study. Undergraduates are also encouraged to attend the theater with deeply discounted tickets to A.R.T. productions through free College Night performances and through the Student Pass program, which allows them to attend any five A.R.T. performances for $60, and the Student Rush program which allows students to purchase tickets for $15 on the day of a performance.

An injury has disrupted the current All-American Rejects tour.

All-American-RejectsAn injury has disrupted the current All-American Rejects tour, causing the band to miss one headlining date as well as a couple of shows with blink-182. Details are sketchy, but the band’s publicist issued a short e-mail today saying lead singer Ian Ritter “sustained an injury while on tour and is taking necessary precautions for a speedy recovery.”  Tyson Ritter of All American Rejects Video Game Awards, Sony Picture Studios, Culver City, Calif. December 14, 2008  The sudden change in Continue reading →

Los Campesinos! unveil new member, single and gigs.

losCampesinosLos Campesinos! are  pleased to announce the release of the first single from their forthcoming album – scheduled for early 2010 release. The new single ‘There Are Listed Buildings’ will be released on one-sided 7′ heavy vinyl and will initially be on sale exclusively on the October tour, before becoming available in limited quantities in stores afterwards. The artwork for the new single can also be viewed Continue reading →

La Roux announces November tour

la-roux-rtvLa Roux’s third single ‘Bulletproof’ went straight in at #1 in the UK top 40 last week, her debut album ‘La Roux’ entered at #2 yesterday with 63,000 sales.  Of all the pop debutantes perched on the edge of success as 2009 began, La Roux – AKA 21 year old South Londoner Elly Jackson – is currently the only one to be commanding such genuine mass crossover appeal. Her music is as likely to appear on urban blogs, as it is to be blazing out of cars and over summer parks from Radio 1 or pounding out of Shoreditch clubs. This spring she headlined the sold-out NME Radar tour, which, considering the previous year’s headliners were art-punk dilettantes Crystal Castles, pays great testament to both La Roux’s credibility and broad appeal. After all, not many artists headline an alternative music tour while sat at the top of the charts.  This self-possessed young girl, poised beneath an extraordinary gravity defying hair sculpture, making music that looks backwards to leap forwards, has leapt beyond her electropop contemporaries with the raw confessional quality of her songwriting and the sharp sophistication of her through-the-looking-glass 80s aesthetic. La Roux seems to know exactly who she wants to be and is fully aware she’s already achieving it with ease.  After playing to a packed out dance tent at this years Glastonbury and a rip-roaring album launch show at the Forum last week – Elly Jackson is pleased to announce a series of live shows this coming November.

Live dates are:

12/11 Dublin, Academy
13/11 Leeds, Stylus
14/11 Newcastle, University
16/11 Glasgow, ABC
17/11 Nottingham ,Rock City
18/11 Birmingham ,O2 Academy
20/11 Bristol ,O2 Academy
21/11 Manchester, Warehouse*
22/11 Norwich, UEA
24/11 Southampton, Guildhall
25/11 London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Bloc Party release a brand new single ‘One More Chance’

bloc-party-rtBloc Party release a brand new single ‘One More Chance’ on the 10 August 2009 through Wichita Recordings.  The previously unreleased track was recorded in April with Jacknife Lee (REM) and mixed in Paris with Phillipe Zdar (Phoenix,Cassius).   In other Bloc Party news, The band are set to play the iTunes Festival at London’s Roundhouse on the 20th of July with support from Delphic and The Invisible. Tickets are free, but competition winners only and available from: and  The band will perform as second headliners on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festival. They play Leeds on Saturday 29 August and Reading on Sunday 30 August.  After the festivals have ended, Bloc Party will embark on their biggest UK tour to date; the month long BLOCTOBER tour.

Dates as follows:

02 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
03 – Picture House, Edinburgh
04 – Iron Works, Inverness
06 – Music Hall, Aberdeen
07 – Alhambra, Dunfermline
08 – City Hall, Hull
10 – Academy, Sheffield
11 – Academy, Leeds
12 – Engine Shed, Lincoln
14 – Victoria Hall, Stoke
15 – Academy, Birmingham
16 – Centre, Newport
18 – Arena, Llandudno
19 – University, Liverpool
20 – Academy, Bristol
22 – Hall for Cornwall, Truro
23 – Pavillion, Plymouth
24 – Centre, Brighton
26 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
27 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
28 – Rock City, Nottingham
30 – Rivermead, Reading
31 – Bic, Bournemouth

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